Goffs Land Rover Goes Ahead As Planned

Goffs confirmed today that its Land Rover Sale will proceed next week on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th August despite confirmation that, due to the current situation with Covid 19 in Ireland, overseas buyers will not be able to attend unless they have travelled from a “Green List” country or have quarantined in Ireland for 14 days prior to the sale.

Goffs and Tattersalls Ireland had worked with Horse Racing Ireland and Irish Thoroughbred Marketing to make a joint submission to Government to allow a limited number of key overseas buyers to attend both Irish store sales in a way that was compliant with current Irish Government directives. HRI made the submission to the Minister of Agriculture Food and the Marine on 13th July and Goffs issued provisional invitations to a select number of UK buyers who planned to attend. The submission sought to respect the quarantine requirements but, following consultation with the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) and in consideration of the deteriorating Covid 19 situation nationally, the current quarantine guidance regarding international travellers will apply for next week’s sale.

Commenting on the news, Goffs Group Chief Executive, Henry Beeby said:

“Naturally we are disappointed that our submission cannot be implemented at this time as we had worked with HRI on a proposal that was workable but respected current Government policy. However we recognise the increasing challenge facing the country and appreciate the difficult decisions facing the Government as the country battles this pandemic. On behalf of Goffs, I apologise to all our clients who are affected, first and foremost those UK buyers who had accepted the invitation, and our vendors who have supported us with such an outstanding group of horses.

“As we have stated the sale will proceed with detailed social distancing protocols in place. The Goffs team are continuing to proactively promote the sale and will provide as much assistance as possible to any buyer unable to attend by linking them with Irish agents, highlighting those entries that can be viewed online and encouraging the use of Goffs Online to bid. We will publish a list of Agents who confirm their attendance and are available to act as an inspector whilst we are also available to take phone bids from any potential purchaser.  

“As to future sales, we will continue to monitor the situation and look at any and all options as matters evolve but we would reiterate that the modern day Goffs was set up to provide a world class sales facility in Ireland and to serve the Irish breeder. At the same time we have a superb sales complex in the UK so we have options to serve the industry on both sides of The Irish Sea. However we feel it would be imprudent to rush in to any finite decisions beyond next week at this stage and we would ask for calm heads and the continued support of our loyal clients as by working together we can deliver the best results for the world class Irish horses so sought after around the world.

“For now we look forward to next week as we have a superb group of horses to offer and we should remember that recent editions of the Land Rover Sale have welcomed over 350 Irish buyers whilst modern technology can allow others to participate. It’s not ideal but nothing is at the moment and the health of the nation must be the priority”

Brian Kavanagh, HRI Chief Executive added:

“Like many other sectors, Covid 19 is having a serious impact on all aspects of our business and the international travel consequences are becoming ever more complicated.  I wish Goffs well with what will be the first public sale to be held in Ireland since February. While some visitors may not be able to attend in person, the current situation requires us to be as creative as possible and through Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, Horse Racing Ireland will assist Goffs and their international buyers in any way we can.”